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Woo hoo! End of year music lists!
I’m pretty far out of any loop right now, and I feel like I missed out on a lot of music this year, but there were some things that I enjoyed quite a lot. As a bonus, half of these bands (Mi Ami, Deerhoof, Grass Widow) are from the Bay Area.
I’m starting the transition to move things off my current site over to Flickr. As part of this, I am most likely going to be discontinuing my minor league baseball photography. As much as I’ve liked it, this year a lot of it started to feel more like work and less like a fun thing I enjoyed.
I’ve never made any money on it, though it’s cost a lot to do overall. Many people would give anything to have the access I’ve had. This has allowed me to travel – at my own expense, mind – to see a lot of different places and I’ve had the chance to talk to many people.
Getting to know different people from a more professional side instead of just as a sports fan has been a great experience, but at some point I had to start looking at it as “how much longer can I afford to keep doing this?” At this point, I don’t know that I can.
Whatever the case, I’m moving forward with the shift off a personal site to Flickr and I’ll have to think long and hard about the next step. If that means no more sports photography, I’ve still had a lot of fun over the last half-decade of it. We’ll see.
Today in totally unsurprising coaching news..
I am mixed about this. I am thrilled and it had to be done, glad it happened quickly. But at the same time it never should have happened at all. I feel like it was just a waste of a developmental year for each and every member of the “offense”-if you call it that.
Can we get a countdown clock installed for pitchers and catchers reporting?
Happy 2013 and I am here with a heads-up from someone we all love who is in the process of doing something that will please us all to no end.
I been talking to Ken K. about this Bill King book he is in the process of writing. It is called Holy Toledo: Lessons from Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic. It’s gonna be published in the Spring but he is working on it now… the first book he’s ever tried to write. He’d like you all to go to the Facebook page — right now the only indication of the book online because KK would like to avoid the pressure on him as a new author that too much publicity would exert — “Like” it and then leave your reminiscences and thoughts about BK in the comments on the thread with the others. For those of you that are not FB types, you may send me your words and I will see that KK gets them.
Basically he wants to possibly include stuff from the fans so it isn’t just from one perspective and that’s us, so get on there or send me something and maybe you’ll find your way into the final thing, who knows? This book is already slated to be published (by former Chronicle beat writer for the A’s, Steve Kettmann, who has a publishing company now) in early-to-mid 2013, so see what you all can come up with. I can’t promise it’ll get in the finished thing but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take this opportunity to give your own personal tributes to the one and only King of the microphone.
The batgirls vs. the Badgers is a nice throwback game, two big teams beating the crap out of each other for 3-yard gains. Brent seems to be enjoying the second half; in the first half I thought he sounded like he was nursing a nasty New Year’s hangover and might have dozed off if Herbie weren’t elbowing him in the ribs.
Did anyone else find Torii Hunter’s “clarification” hard to accept? I’m just wondering where my basic rights — to love whom I wish and to work in workplaces in the secular world free of the bigotry of people so enabled in their sociopathy that they don’t even realize they’re trying to exclude people from doing something they were once themselves excluded from doing — cease to be subject to the whim of those that would just rather I did not exist because I (or their infantile myth of who they think I am) makes them “uncomfortable”.
Checking expenses from 2011 to 2012, this past year I spent more on credit card payments, utilities and the house, to name a few. However, I spent less on the mortgage (slightly), groceries (when factoring in no longer using Costco), gas and took out less cash.
I also cut down what I considered “unnecessary” spending by about $100 a month. Work pay was nearly equal but I sold less stuff on eBay. Overall I cut my spending by about $225 a month, but what I took in dropped by about $320 a month.
Again, a lot of that is related to not selling as much on eBay but it’s not a bad sign even though I came out in the red for 2012. I made some definite improvements in cutting back on certain types of spending and as long as I maintain what I take in I should be okay. I also have a few things I plan to sell and that will make a difference in 2013.
Just to emphasize the benefit of working from home, in 2011 I spent $700 on gas. In 2012 I spent $470.
I’ve been trying to learn the guitar, mostly on my own, but with the occasional lesson from my father and it’s not really working. It would appear that I need some regular lessons. Can anyone recommend a decent teacher in the east bay? Preferably one that will come to my house and work for cheap/home cooked meals/trade?
More FAIL from ** – now, the only way to see Fan Posts on the main page is to disable Adblock. Not that there’s much to see, but still, let’s keep discouraging people from posting their own stuff and instead bow and scrape to the “professionals” who are “writing” on the main page.